Group Executive Committee

Our executive team (GEC)

Here, you can have a read of our executive team bios.

Barry O'Dwyer

Barry O'Dwyer joined Royal London in September 2019 as Group Chief Executive. He has extensive experience in financial services, having started his career at a mutual insurance group in 1988. He trained and qualified as an actuary and held a number of senior management positions in both the UK and Ireland. Prior to joining Royal London, he was CEO of Pensions & Savings and a director of Standard Life plc. Barry also plays a prominent role in the industry, sitting on the board of the Association of British Insurers.

Daniel Cazeaux

Daniel Cazeaux joined Royal London in June 2020 as Group Chief Financial Officer. Dan was previously a Partner at KPMG in the UK where he led global client teams delivering audit services to UK and global insurance companies, as well as advising on finance change programmes and transactions. In his time at KPMG he also performed executive secondment roles into finance functions of large UK insurers and has deep rooted specialist and commercial sector expertise.

Andrew Carter

Andrew Carter joined Royal London Asset Management in September 2001 as Chief Investment Officer. In September 2003 he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer with overall responsibility for RLAM’s corporate strategy and delivery.

Andrew began his investment management career in 1983 with Provident Life as a UK Equity Analyst while also assisting in the running of their property portfolio. In 1985 Andrew joined Mercantile & General Reinsurance, managing a variety of both equity and fixed income portfolios, before moving on two years later to become Continental European Fund manager at Gartmore. After successfully managing pan-European portfolios, Andrew became Gartmore’s Head of UK Institutional Equities in 1997, prior to his appointment as overall Head of UK Equities in 1999. Andrew graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Modern History and Economics.

Noel Freeley

Noel Freeley joined Royal London in 2013 and is Chief Executive Officer of Royal London Ireland and a member of our Irish Board. He is responsible for devising and executing our strategy in our Irish business. Prior to that he was our Legacy Division Director with responsibility of overseeing Royal London's many longstanding customers across Life, Savings, Protection and Investments products.

Noel is a chartered insurer and was previously CEO and a Board member of four of Royal London's subsidiary companies. Prior to joining Royal London, Noel has held senior management positions within the Financial Services industry, including five years at Co-operative Insurance heading up their Pensions and Protection business. Before this, Noel spent 10 years working for Friends Provident both in the UK and Asia.

Jon Glen

Jon Glen has been working for Royal London since 2005 and was appointed to the GEC as Group Operations Director in November 2018. Jon’s previous roles for the Group include being Commercial Director for the Scottish Provident and Bright Grey protection business and Managing Director of Royal London Ireland. Jon has  extensive experience of transforming operational functions and leading major programmes. He has previously held senior roles within sales and outsourcing organisations and spent 6 years as a Trustee Director for Irish Pension schemes. 

Tracey Kneller

Tracey Kneller joined in May 2020 as the Group People Director and as a member of GEC and reports directly to Barry O'Dwyer. Most recently Tracey was Chief People Officer at The Co-operative Bank where as a member of the Executive Committee she was part of the team that managed the separation from the Co-operative Group and a recapitalisation in 2017. Following this she worked to develop a transformational People Strategy aligned to the Bank's strategic goals.

Tracey has considerable industry and technical expertise, gained from a variety of roles at Vodafone Group, First Choice Holidays and Sainsbury's.

Susie Logan

Susie Logan joined Royal London in March 2020 and was appointed to the GEC as Chief Marketing Officer in January 2021. Susie was previously Brand and Marketing Director at Standard Life where she led a significant transformation of marketing capabilities. She brings a wealth of knowledge in marketing in the financial services sector where she has 20 years’ experience, including positions held at Scottish Widows, Zurich Life and Bank of Ireland Mortgages. Susie holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Business Economics and Marketing.

James McCourt

James McCourt joined Royal London in 2012. Before his appointment as Chief Risk Officer in 2019, he held a number of key leadership roles - including Group Chief Conduct Officer (RMLIS), Chief Risk Officer (RLAM)  and Director of the Investment Office. Passionate about the financial services industry - in particular the role of risk management in creating strategic advantage - James has worked across a number of sectors, having held senior roles in private equity, banking and insurance firms. With more than 20 years of experience, he focuses on ensuring a robust control environment is also an enabler of first-class customer service.

James is a past lecturer at Glasgow University on Investment and Taxation. He holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh and completed the Strategic Asset Management course at London Business School.

Steve Murray

Steve Murray joined Royal London in October 2019 as Group Corporate Development Director and as a member of the GEC. Steve leads our Group Corporate Development activity including M&A, Group Strategy and Operational Efficiency.

Steve has spent his career in the Financial Services Industry. Most recently, he was Deputy Head of Private Markets in Aberdeen Standard Investments. Steve’s previous roles have included Ernst & Young followed by fifteen years at Standard Life. He held senior roles there including Group Strategy & Corporate Finance Director, CEO of 1825 Financial Planning and MD Commercial & Strategy for Standard Life UK and Europe.

Will Pritchett

Will Pritchett joined Royal London in January 2020 as Group Chief Information Officer with responsibility for technology, change and digital. Will has worked in Financial Services technology for over 20 years having joined from KPMG where he was Partner for Technology and strategic advisor and delivery lead to Royal London. Will has also been a Senior Executive in Accenture and Royal Sun Alliance and has worked globally transforming technology estates.

Ewan Smith

Ewan Smith has been at Royal London since 1986 and was appointed to the GEC as Interim Chief Executive Officer, Intermediary in September 2020. Ewan’s previous roles for the Group include being Finance Director and Actuary for Scottish Life International, General Manager of Scottish Life Marketing, and Proposition and Strategy Director for Royal London Intermediary.

Ewan is also a member of the Investment Advisory Committee, a director of Royal London Asset Management and Trustee of Royal London Group Pension Scheme. Ewan graduated with a first-class degree in Mathematics with Economics from Edinburgh University and a Diploma (with distinction) in Actuarial Science at Heriot Watt University. He became a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries in 1988.

Fergus Speight

Fergus Speight joined Royal London in April 2011 as General Counsel, leading the Legal and Company Secretarial function. Fergus' insurance experience began at Sun Alliance in Manchester, joining as a graduate before becoming a senior underwriter. He then trained as a solicitor at Standard Life in Edinburgh before moving to General Accident where he worked on the company mergers which became the core of the Aviva Group.

Fergus moved next to Nomura, a Japanese broker dealer; and later Resolution Group on its acquisition of life companies from Abbey National (which included Scottish Provident). Fergus is a regular speaker at Legal conferences, contributor to articles and mentor to many GC's who are at the outset of their careers. In January 2020, Fergus made it on to the Lawyer Hot 100 list and was recognised for his contribution to innovation in respect of the delivery of legal services.

Jerry Toher

Jerry Toher joined Royal London Group in 2011 as CEO of MoneyVista. He was appointed to his present position of CEO Consumer Division in June 2012, launching our new D2C business in 2014. Jerry has extensive marketing and leadership experience in retail financial services, has led a number of new business launches and is an advocate of customer insight, innovation and digital marketing. His previous roles include Marketing Director of NatWest and RBS retail banking, Marketing Director and Managing Director at as well as other senior roles in RBS, Prudential and N&P Building Society.